Thailand in a Week
With some of the best transport links in Southeast Asia, you can cover a fair amount of ground in Thailand over the course of a week. For the sake of convenience, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the two main cities, make great bases for activities ranging from elephant trekking to investigation of the country's Buddhist culture. Time might be limited, but you should have enough scope to visit the beach paradise of Koh Samet and do a couple of day trips from Bangkok.

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Bangkok from on High

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The Banyan Hotel has several amazing places to catch a glimpse of the breadth of Bangkok. AFARer John Galante recommended the Moon Bar at the very top of the 61-story building. Unfortunately when I arrived there was a private event being held. The hotel recommended I enjoy the Latitude Lounge which didn't disappoint. The Thai whiskey and spicy edamame snacks I enjoyed were made unforgettable by near 360-degree views of the city. I came just before dusk, right in time to see the amazing transformation the city undergoes as the sun sets and the lights go on.

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